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Aug 3, 2017 - Magical Milford Sound

We decided to start a new little road trip by hiring a car from Queenstown and driving to Milford Sound. Milford is in the Fjordlands and whilst we have been to the fjords in Norway we wanted to experience it again, this time about as far away from Norway as you can possibly get! Milford is about 300km from Queenstown and there is only one way to get there, along a very long and windy road which also happens to be New Zealands highest road at about 1000m at one point. Needless to say we decided to get a slightly better car than the previous...

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Mar 16, 2017 - Drama on the high seas

Two more days at sea before we reach the Sounds. As we go further South the temperature is getting cooler but there is plenty to do on board. John McCarthy gives a second lecture about his life after captivity. The evening entertainment is of a very good standard. Bernie Flint, singer and comedian is very funny. You may remember him from Opportunity Knocks, or maybe not! He won it for 12 weeks running and was beaten by a man making his muscles dance! He holds the record for the most wins but as he said nobody remembers him! Since Sydney the...

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Mar 15, 2017 - Totara Campground, Milford Sound

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Totara Campground (Night 2) On the road to Milford Sound, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” - Ibn Battuta Woke up with the alarm at 7; I can’t count how many days that makes of being woken by the alarm in the middle of a dream. It is getting harder for me to get going in the morning because I’m not getting my “sleep” tank filled at night; Art says I’m getting the 8 hours I’m due but I’m telling him I need a bit more on these hectic days...

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Mar 14, 2017 - Totara Capground, Milford Sound

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Totara Campground on the Milford Sound Road Fiordlands National Park, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” - Anais Nine Woke up to the alarm at 7am today. It was overcast with just a spit of drizzle here and there, not the fine day I was promised by the weatherman. Of course, that is par for the course in New Zealand so we’ll just hope the weather turns as we travel onwards…. Got my shower first thing; it was chilly in there and only 2...

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Mar 14, 2017 - Into the Wild

Travelling or living in old places, whether old civilizations like Greece or Rome or Japan or geologically old places like Australia tends to give us a sense of our place in history and of how short that time is. Valleys that form over thousands of years or even millions, are so much 'more' than us, we who are lucky to last 100 years. Being in Milford Sound is having this effect on me. Our life on earth is but a dot in time. We all know this but in this place I feel it! These huge walls of rock dripping with water and vegetation are so...

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Feb 26, 2017 - At Sea

Another search day. We had a lazy start to the day with a late breakfast followed by a few laps of the walking track. We then booked another cruise for Nov 18. Rome to Abu Dhabi. I had a pain in my neck and back, so I went for a massage. Had an afternoon performance by Will Martin again. He was excellent excellent. He was telling us that he was in the TV studios in Christchurch and left for lunch. 45 minutes later the earthquake hit and destroyed the studios and killed everyone in it! Had another show in the evening ending called Euphoria,...

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Feb 25, 2017 - At Sea

Another day at sea. We had to get up reasonably early as Australian Imigration were onboard. We also attended a talk about the sounds we had visited yesterday. Bought a did of the sounds and commentary from Chelsea. Went to a show in the afternoon called Intimate Broadway. We had not heard of half of the shows, but it was quite entertaining. Went to another show in the evening - an impressionist called Keith Scott. He was pretty good. We lose an hour tonight, so only 12 hours ahead!

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Feb 24, 2017 - Fiords

Today we were cruising around the southern tip of New Zealand and visiting Fiordland. We visited Dusky Sound first. This was followed by Doubtful Sound, and then the main fiord, Milford Sound. The scenery in all of these was wonderful, but truly astounding in Milford Sound. The entertainment tonight was a guy from NZ called Will Martin. He was excellent. Apparently he was the youngest guy top top the UK classical charts! He has also sang at Wembley for a football match.

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Mar 17, 2016 - Fiordland

Headed out before dawn for the two hour drive along the one and only road to Milford Sound. At one point you go through the mountains in a tunnel dug out by Kiwi men with shovels! Now I know where Phill gets it from!! As everyone tells you Milford is very special- we went on a cruise along the sound to the sea and saw dolphins and seals. It was one of the 200 days when it rains but it was still great. Apparently one of our fellow passengers thought so too as she hopped on to the neighbouring boat dodging the ticket man as we got off our's....

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Our Year Out

Jan 1, 2016 - Milford Sound, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

We got up early on New Year's Day to witness the approach to the first of several Sounds on the coast of New Zealand. The scenery is breathtaking, as you will be able to see from Andy's pictures. A sound is the same thing as a fjord, basically a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs, usually formed by glacial erosion. The Sounds we saw are mostly complete wilderness, with almost no signs of civilization. The water near the sounds can be in the range of 1,680 feet deep. Later in the day, the orchestra played a Big Band set of...

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Nov 23, 2015 - Milford Sound

The drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound takes about two hours. It begins through rolling fields and meadows along the 30km length of Lake Te Anau. Then into heavier forest, and to upwards winding road until you confront the mile high mountain face looming up into the sky directly in front of you. There is the Homer Tunnel to proceed through the mountain to Milford Sound on the other side; construction started in 1935 and was completed in 1954. The tunnel is rough rock sided (no smooth concrete) and just large enough to accommodate traffic...

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May 5, 2015 - Day 13 Milford Sound

Great day out today to Milford Sound, went by bus so I wouldn't have to drive the tricky road and could make the most of the stunning scenery and stunning it was!! Just very scenic till we crossed the main Divide and then it became a bit misty and great towering rock faces all round, even more so after the Homer Tunnel which was incredible in its own right, rough hewn out of the solid rock and one way, controlled by lights. After 2 and a half hours, reached Milford and what a slick operation getting everyone off buses, thru the very modern...

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